By Sorie Fofana………
Whether one likes it or not, Mohamed Bangura (Chairman/Leader of UDM) has become very relevant in the current political dispensation of Sierra Leone.
Since he took over as Interim Chairman of APPA (All Political Parties Association), he has exhibited firm leadership in handling the intra-party leadership dispute in the main opposition SLPP (Sierra Leone Peoples Party). It took Mr. Bangura the skill of a veteran diplomat to bring the two main protagonists in the SLPP leadership struggle together.
It was quite an amazing spectacle to see Chief Somanoh Kapen (National Chairman/Leader of the SLPP) and Dr. Prince Alex Harding (Deputy National Chairman/Leader of the SLPP) shaking hands in a public meeting, mediated by Mr. Bangura. Nobody would have thought that, these two SLPP giants would ever talk to each other again. The meeting between these bitter political rivals was made possible by the UDM Leader.
When the Bank of Sierra Leone, in December last year, introduced some senseless rules governing the operations of foreign current accounts in this country, Mr. Bangura is on record to have openly opposed such mindless measures.
Sheku Sambadeen Sesay’s dollarization policy created a lot of embarrassment for foreign currency account holders in Sierra Leone. It even led to the acute shortage of foreign currency in some of the commercial banks.
Mr. Bangura was one of the few senior Politicians to openly oppose Sambadeen Sesay’s senseless dollarization policy and called for a rethink. When Sambadeen Sesay was recently booted out of the Central Bank, his successor, Momodu Lamin Kargbo quickly reversed Sambadeen’s policy, much to the delight of many Sierra Leoneans.
Some of us still have serious misgivings about Mohamed Bangura’s decision to pull out of the 2012 Presidential race, in favour of incumbent President Ernest Bai Koroma. But, we still believe that, the youngman can play a pivotal role in the governance of the country.
It is no secret that, Mr. Bangura has taken up issues with the government over the lack of reliable public transport, Police brutality, the welfare of junior and middle cadre Police officers and the seizure of WASSEC results. These are issues that matter, to many Sierra Leoneans.
We encourage Mr. Bangura to continue to raise up issues that matter to ordinary Sierra Leoneans. Issues like the high cost of living, the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease, lack of reliable public transport, rampant blackout and acute water shortage in the capital city do matter to ordinary Sierra Leoneans.
Thank you, Mr. Bangura!